potatoes 101:
selecting the right spud

The humble potato is affordable and versatile. That's why it's become a staple of Quebec cuisine.

Whether mashed in a shepherd's pie or turned into French fries for a poutine, potatoes have so much going for them! To help you pick the right spud for your recipes, here are a few that you can easily find at your Super C.

The Russet potato

1) The versatile Russet potato and white potato

Russet potatoes are easy to spot: they're long and have a light brown skin. It's a high-starch vegetable that is perfect for absorbing butter or sour cream.

Russet potatoes are perfect for:

  • Fries
  • Stuffed baked potatoes
  • Mashed potatoes

Psst... At Super C, you'll also find the russet Idaho which is ideal for a tourtière!

The Russet potato

The white potato has a thin, pale yellow skin and will help you save time on weeknights because you don't need to peel it. Its very thin skin will even add some crispiness to your dishes if you bake it in the oven or grill it on the BBQ. Because it's a bit firmer than other potatoes, it keeps its shape as it cooks.

The white potato

White potatoes are perfect for:

Russet and white potatoes are both versatile and can easily be turned into French fries.

The red potato

2) The flavourful red potato

Just like the name says, the red potato can easily be spotted thanks to its red skin. Because its texture is a bit more smooth and less starchy than a white potato, it has a slightly sweeter taste. It's also ideal for recipes that require potatoes to keep their shape once cooked.

Red potatoes are perfect for:

The red potato
The yellow potato

3) The delicate yellow potato

With its smooth texture and slightly sweet flavour, the yellow potato comes in myriad shapes and sizes: small, medium, round, oval, etc. Because it isn't as firm as the russet or red potato, it can easily lose its shape once cooked. So best avoid this type if you want to make soup or a gratin dish.

Yellow potatoes are perfect for:

  • Mashed potatoes
  • Baked in the oven
  • Oven-baked French fries
The baby potato

4) The practical baby potato

The biggest advantage to using baby potatoes? You don't need to peel them! That means more time saved during hectic weeknights. There are several types of baby potatoes available, such as red and brown. They can all be prepared using different cooking techniques and they'll cook evenly because they're all the same size. Super C has a variety of seasoned baby potatoes (fine herbs, garlic, herbs and lemon, etc.). Simply cook them to your liking and you're all set!

Baby potatoes are perfect for:

The baby potato
The sweet potato

5) The sweet sweet potato

The one-of-a-kind beloved sweet potato is easy to spot due to its reddish skin and orange flesh. Because it is more dense than other kinds of potatoes, it takes more time to cook but we promise that its sweet taste is worth the wait!

Sweet potatoes are perfect for:

  • Unique French fries served with a spicy mayo
  • Delicious stews
  • Grilling on the BBQ
  • Adding a hint of sweetness to your en papillote recipes
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Being used in desserts just like carrots and squash

Long live potatoes

When it comes to the tasty potato, the possibilities are endless. Even though it is a very affordable vegetable, keep an eye on your flyer for special offers. We promise that if you keep potatoes in your pantry, you'll never run out of ways to cook them!